Every time we visit Point Pleasant, our favorite summer destination, my kids declare that they will throw their next birthday party in the amusement area (sorry October girls!). Lucky for summer celebrators, New Jersey’s amusement parks provide the backdrop for an unforgettable, warm-weather birthday bash, with rides, games and fun. With so much built-in activity, party hosts can sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about details. Most outdoor theme parks offer party packages from Memorial through Labor Day and require a backup rain date. Have a thrilling birthday celebration at these great New Jersey amusement parks. And for more fantastic party ideas, check out Mommy Poppins NJ's Birthday Party Guide.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)
Party guests have a beachy good time with one of five party packages at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. The Ride package invites guests to enjoy 12 rides, while the Unlimited Ride alternative allows participants to ride without limits. Combine either package with admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium for a jam-packed shore day. The Pavillion Arcade package includes game cards and arcade points for guests. All packages include pizza, drinks and ice cream, plus add-ons such as the beach or fun house are available. Check out the website for package rates and descriptions, or call (732) 892-3274.
Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, NJ)
Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Water Park feature five awesome party packages, available 7 days a week. The Ultimate birthday party allows guests the use of both the water area and rides. The Splashtacular package is held exclusively at the Runaway Rapids Water Park. Party goers can enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited rides with the Funbelievable party package, while the Unlimited Funbelievable option offers unrestricted ride time. The Great Race package shows guests a speedy good time on the kiddie go-cart track. All packages include a staff chaperone and food. See individual links for party prices and details, or call (732) 495-1400.
Bowcraft Amusement Park (Scotch Plains, NJ)
If you want to avoid shore traffic and an overwhelming theme park, Bowcraft is a local family amusement park with plenty of rides to keep everyone busy. The reasonable party packages range from Deluxe, which includes an hour of unlimited rides, an hour in the party room, plus pizza, drinks and paper goods, to Supreme, which offers two hours of unlimited rides. Add-ons, such as game token and food platters, are available as well. Call (908) 389-1234 x10 or visit the website for prices and reservations.
Morey’s Piers (Wildwood, NJ)
A great time is a shore-thing at Morey’s Piers of Wildwood, where guests experience both the amusement rides and water park for a long day of fun. Packages include admission to rides on all three piers plus the Raging Waters or Ocean Oasis water parks until 6pm. A pizza lunch with cake is served at either Jumbo’s or Joe’s Fish Co. For reservations and prices, call (609) 522-3900 x1195.
Playland’s Castaway Cove (Ocean City, NJ)
Young pirates will have a jolly good party when they celebrate at Playland’s Castaway Cove on the boardwalk of Ocean City, which is home to over 30 rides. The Lil’ Mates party package includes one hour of rides plus 45 minutes in the outdoor party area, with drinks, pizza and ice cream included. Make it two hours of rides with the Captain’s package. For prices and reservations, visit the website or call (609) 399-4751.
And an indoor alternative…
iPlay America (Freehold, NJ)
Throw a theme park party any time of year at iPlay America, a spacious indoor amusement extravaganza with boardwalk-type games, rides and food. Three exciting birthday party packages are available. The iParty option provides guests with unlimited rides, while the iParty Plus package includes unlimited rides as well as laser tag and go karts. Both packages incorporate game cards, a 4D theater ride, pizza, cupcakes and soda. If you’re willing to celebrate on a weekday, the Host Your Own party selection offers a budget-friendly three hours of unlimited rides and games. See the website for prices or call (732) 577-8200.
AND an indoor/outdoor alternative...
Funplex (East Hanover, NJ)
With the outdoor Splashplex as an add-on to any birthday party at East Hanover's indoor theme park Funplex, you get the best of both worlds--indoor rides, Foam Frenzy, laser tag, and much more, plus time outdoors in a water park. With options like the Disco Package, Critter Creation and Do It Yourself packages, there are so many ways to enjoy an outdoor/indoor theme park party. Call 973-428-1166 for more information.
Photo: Morey's Piers